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Dell:
Precision - Very powerful desktop replacements - great warranty, ridiculously expensive - Usually overpriced or overkill

Latitude - Good Laptops - Great warranty! Highly recommended for any Business environment - Sometimes expensive.

Vostro  - Lower end Business Machines - Better Priced - still durable - Usually 1 Year warranty.

XPS - The nicer looking dell machines, Some are better than others...

Inspiron - YMMV Every model is different

(Plain) Insprion Series - Dells lowest end laptop
(R) Insprion Series - Perfect Home use, dependable, decent build quality, recommended
(Z) Insprion Series - A little slimmer than the R series, Some are Ultrabooks (Very often don't include Optical Drives)

HP:

Pavilion - YMMV (Some better than others)

Probook - Stable durable business systems - Usually a little on the heavy side.

Elitebook - Business Higher end systems, usually pretty expensive

ENVY - Used to be the HP sleek and nicer systems, they pretty much replaced most of the standard pavilions now and call them either ENVY or sleekbooks

Sleekbook - like it sounds slimmer line of laptops

Lenovo:

Thinkpad Series - Very Dependable Business Machine, Expensive (Not Pretty but Durable)

IdeaPad Series -

S Series
U Series - Usually the slimmer line Ultrabooks, Doesn't always include DVD Drive
Y Series - Nice machines with good specs and features (Cool Backlit Keyboards)
Z Series - Step up from the G Series, all around decent build, priced nicely, great home use laptop
G Series - Lower end

Samsung:

Series 3
Series 5
Series 7
Series 9 - The nicest, sleekest looking laptops I've seen in a long time - Can pass for a Macbook!!


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A great post by caliheat:
I believe that there are many factors when deciding what laptop to purchase.
1) What is your intended use and necessary features. e.g. light use vs. heavy use & optical drive, computer speed etc.
2) As mentioned several times in this thread, RAM itself is very easy to upgrade after you purchase.
3) Brand - IMHO this is pretty important as well - which do your prefer vs. which brand do people recommend.
4) Price - you should decide a price range that best suits your needs.
5) Operating System - Many people like myself prefer Windows 7 vs. 8.1, so this would be another consideration.
6) Warranty - does it include 1 year or more, cost for extending warranty.
7) Detailed Specs:
  Processor  - model and speed i3, i5, & i7 2.0 Ghz, 3.0 Ghz etc.
  RAM - This IMHO should be minimum 8GB, especially if running 8.1, however can be added easily.
  Hard Drive - SATA vs. SSD, the latter being much faster. SATA itself offers 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM again, the latter being faster.
  Screen Size - this is a personal preference as you can always attach a larger screen in an office setting.
  Battery & Weight - overall laptop weight preference & battery life.
  Graphics - Integrated graphics vs. dedicated graphics, e.g. Intel 4400 vs. Nvidia GTX etc.

In summary, you have to decide what are you priorities, what can be upgraded and what you are flexible on.



Excellent article about the differences between the Intel processor suffixes.

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Re: Laptop-Is this a good deal
« Reply #915 on: August 03, 2012, 11:10:18 AM »
Yes, this is a good price for this XPS 17.


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #916 on: August 03, 2012, 11:19:04 AM »
Here us the Gateway with an i5 its $449 (this one is a 15.6") I typically find that 15.6" usually is on sale more often than 14"

I would take a Dell over Gateway

Now now, if only there was a Dell (or HP/Lenovo) i5 (2/3g) 15.6" for $400/450...
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Re: Laptop-Is this a good deal
« Reply #917 on: August 03, 2012, 11:19:56 AM »
This is what I am looking for in a laptop:
I want to be able to watch movies.
I want to use it a lot for typing documents.(keyboard should be fullsize not netbook)
I want to be able to skype so I need a webcam.
And most important I want it to be quick so if I open 5 browsers to shop or read the news it shouldn't start freezing.

Do you have any other suggestions for laptops that would be good for this?
 

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #918 on: August 03, 2012, 11:26:13 AM »
The gateway is actually a very nice and wel built computer and has usb 3.0 . the only reason I would take a dell is warranty and tech support is easier with dell than many other compnaies.

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« Reply #919 on: August 03, 2012, 11:26:51 AM »
This is what I am looking for in a laptop:
I want to be able to watch movies.
I want to use it a lot for typing documents.(keyboard should be fullsize not netbook)
I want to be able to skype so I need a webcam.
And most important I want it to be quick so if I open 5 browsers to shop or read the news it shouldn't start freezing.

Do you have any other suggestions for laptops that would be good for this?
This laptop will deff be able to handle that.

The Q' is if you want a 17.3" over a 15.6" and if you want to pay this price. This is an XPS which is a higher product line that the typical $500 laptop you see.

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« Reply #920 on: August 03, 2012, 11:28:57 AM »
The gateway is actually a very nice and wel built computer and has usb 3.0 . the only reason I would take a dell is warranty and tech support is easier with dell than many other compnaies.
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Dell is by far the easiest and quickest.

Even with Dell it could be a pain, and hours on the phone, but there is people to speak to, (in India) and they are really on top of all warranty claims with callbacks and emails every step of the way

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #921 on: August 03, 2012, 11:29:47 AM »
The gateway is actually a very nice and wel built computer and has usb 3.0 . the only reason I would take a dell is warranty and tech support is easier with dell than many other compnaies.

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« Reply #922 on: August 03, 2012, 11:33:29 AM »
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Agree that it is a nice build, slicker than the Dell R series. I do not know it the actual quality is up to par. (not that Dell it top of the line) I just fine gateway a "gateway to heaven"

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« Reply #923 on: August 03, 2012, 11:36:06 AM »
Agree that it is a nice build, slicker than the Dell R series. I do not know it the actual quality is up to par. (not that Dell it top of the line) I just fine gateway a "gateway to heaven"

So (with regards to this inquiry) you recommend against?
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Re: Laptop-Is this a good deal
« Reply #924 on: August 03, 2012, 11:36:50 AM »
How can I see how much this weighs?
If its not a heavy laptop the large screen is an advantage.

The resolution of the screen is good?

If I went with a 15inch is there a cheaper laptop I can get that is as good as this one?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #925 on: August 03, 2012, 11:47:27 AM »
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #926 on: August 03, 2012, 11:48:58 AM »
Gateway actually used to be a top of the line company. They still make pretty good Laptops. In the order of companies I wouyld put Gateway a little weaker than dell - Stronger than compaq, Acer, and Asus

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« Reply #927 on: August 03, 2012, 11:53:18 AM »
Gateway actually used to be a top of the line company. They still make pretty good Laptops. In the order of companies I wouyld put Gateway a little weaker than dell - Stronger than compaq, Acer, and Asus

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #928 on: August 03, 2012, 11:58:30 AM »
I sold 45 Gateway laptops to a yehiva about a half a year ago - I didnt hear any complaints yet....

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #929 on: August 03, 2012, 12:04:44 PM »
Now now, if only there was a Dell (or HP/Lenovo) i5 (2/3g) 15.6" for $400/450...
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